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Old 07-28-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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I have received plenty of excellent advice from you guys.

So, I thought I would contribute a little to the forum.
My compressor, a IR 375 cfm machine makes loads of water this time of year so I had to do something.

My system is built from a 385 gallon LPG cylinder. The tank has fork pockets and this let me move it easily around my shop.
I used a AKG after-cooler and moisture filter. The tank has a 3/4" ball valve at the bottom of the tank to drain off moisture. The best part of the system is the efficiency of the after-cooler, the amount of water this unit condenses it amazing. Before I built the system I had huge clogging problems with my pot. I have zero moisture issues now.

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Hope these pictures help.

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Old 07-28-2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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Awesome.

I am going to make something similar.
How did you make the bottle safe to weld.

I have saved the pics and will be building this.

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Is there anything in the middle of the tank?
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We used to fill em with water to cut and weld on. That was way back though. Probably still nor the safest way.
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I herd you had to fill them with a mild acid solution to get it out of the steel.

I was thinking of adding some baffles to give the water something to condense on.
Would going in the bottom and coming out the top be the best way?

I have had one of these tanks sitting around for ages.
I have made receiver tanks out of smaller bottles before the guy I got to weld them made me strike the first ark.
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The cylinder has nothing inside of it. Axxiom/Schmidt build a vessel that has all the goodies inside to allow the moisture heavy air to condense/collect. I elected to not to do this for several reasons. The first being that size of the cylinder. The surface area of this cylinder, 385 gallons versus what Axxiom builds/sells is far greater than what they have available. And secondly, source the stainless mesh and buy enough to fill this baby was some thing I didn't care to fund.

To prep the tank involved pulling the valves, plugs, etc and letting it air for several months. No explosions, safety first by all means. If I had one come in today and needed to cut/weld on it tomorrow would be another story. Filling the tank with X amount of dry ice to purge any gas, etc... best bet is find a cylinder and let to "air out" and you are good-to-go. The water fill method is an excellent method too.

Cost for material which included the AKG after-cooler and filter, 1 gallon of Rustoleum. Fittings & hose were just a little over $2,200.00. The cylinder and all steel were surplus material left overs from my welding business.

I added 2" weld-o-lets and a drain port on the bottom of the cylinder and bent and welded hose hangers. The fork pockets are great for moving around the building. Right now the cooler lives indoors free from the elements. My plans are to build a shed to park the compressor, cooler and media. Keeping this stuff far enough away from the blast area. I would like to start buying the large 3,000 # totes of media and build a rack to rest the bags directly above my pot. Handling the 50 # bags of sand is a pain.

I hope this helps.

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Thank you.
The dry ice is a great idea.
I have a suitable sized after cooler ready to go.
I will pull the valves and let it air before I go ahead and make it.

Looks like a top bit of kit.
the reason I like this is I could set it up to run my 400cfm and my 375cfm all into the one tank and have plenty of dry air to run 2 pots on large jobs.
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Great build, looks sorta like a naked R2D2
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I am in the process of doing the same thing except my tank is 200 gallons. It has been so hot in wisconsin lately the moisture has been a terrible problem. I am hoping this will help.
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Flyboy,

I was in your state two weeks ago. Very dry and hot. It was nearing 100 in Madison.

Moisture was killing me until I built this system. The temperature differential is amazing, not to mention the water that is captured too.

You will be glad you built your system. I promise
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i built a smaller one a while back, same style but small.
it worked really good with nothing in side, worked on air exspantion.
the biger tank is a great move,
ive been looking of some one in my area that can weld on tanks so I can get to a bigger tank on on my mobile unit.
when painting, tap off the dry side and youll be amaized at how good the paint flows.
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Flyboy,

I was in your state two weeks ago. Very dry and hot. It was nearing 100 in Madison.

Moisture was killing me until I built this system. The temperature differential is amazing, not to mention the water that is captured too.

You will be glad you built your system. I promise
I cant wait. Now another problem, Today I noticed I am getting carbon monoxide into my helmet. Need to look for a system to do away with that, any ideas???
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You need to service your compressor. May be running hot. Or you may need a new one. I don't think you can filter it out.
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I cant wait. Now another problem, Today I noticed I am getting carbon monoxide into my helmet. Need to look for a system to do away with that, any ideas???
Flyboy, is your CO box throwing an alarm signal or are you getting "swimmy-headed" ?
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Flyboy, is your CO box throwing an alarm signal or are you getting "swimmy-headed" ?
Very faint signal, and I bought a carbon monoxide test kit and put it in the hood when not wearing it and it said if it turns grey or black there is a carbon monoxide problem and it turned ever so slightly in color.
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You need a CO monitor. Those strips mean nothing in this industry. As far as removing it, not gonna happen. Your either pulling CO from a leaky exhaust or your air end is getting too hot and over heating your air end oil and you getting CO from there.
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You need a CO monitor. Those strips mean nothing in this industry. As far as removing it, not gonna happen. Your either pulling CO from a leaky exhaust or your air end is getting too hot and over heating your air end oil and you getting CO from there.
Thanks I will check it out.

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